Security at British royal Prince Charles' wedding to fiancee CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES has been tightened - after two men broke into the grounds of Queen ELIZABETH II's Windsor Castle residence in London on Sunday (03APR05).

Fears were sparked for the safety of the PRINCE OF WALES' wedding this Saturday (09APR05) when two Polish tourists climbed over a perimeter fence and reached the Queen's bedroom window while she was in residence.

The security blunder allegedly occurred when an armed officer left his guard post outside the monarch's apartments, enabling the men to walk into the grounds freely.

A source says, "A long-serving castle protection squad officer is saying he arranged to get off duty two hours earlier and swapped with a colleague. But the other officer vehemently denies that."

Police have spent six rigorous weeks increasing safety measures at Windsor Castle in preparation for the nuptials, and they insist that the $18 million (GBP10 million) worth of new security equipment installed at the residence enabled them to detect the intruders immediately.

A source from the Metropolitan Police adds, "They were monitored until officers detained them following questioning.

"The men were redirected back to the public area of the castle. There were no arrests. The secure area was not breached."

06/04/2005 14:02